Originally Posted by Lord-Barrington
The best thing you can do at a junior/entry level is:
Make yourself as indispensable as possible.
Make an effort to be liked. I think being "respected" is for the bosses. If you can do both, congratulations but I think at a junior level it's more important to be liked than respected.
Look outside for yourself first and foremost but respect the needs of your workplace and those around you.
I'd like to make a comment on that first point, because there's a lot of confusion here (whether people are aware of it or not).
to make your job/position
dispensable. You don't want to make yourself
dispensable. You are not your job or your position, and the elimination of a position does not take away what you can bring to the table. What I have found personally to be most effective for myself is to do everything I can to eliminate my position
. If you can do that and your managers are competent, then they will move you onto bigger and better things. If they aren't, then you probably don't want to stay there anyways.
Call it process optimization, automation, continuous improvement, kaizen. Whatever your preferred term, there's always going to be a place for people who can put aside their concerns for their own jobs for the benefit of the organization.